My name is Leslie...I am 25 and live on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest.
On January 2, 2011 I was driving to work and ended up sliding on some black ice. My truck rolled two times and luckily landed right side up. Unluckily, I suffered a Burst Fracture to my L-2 and small additional fractures to my L-1 and L-3.
As a result, I had surgery to secure the break. The local hospital was unable to deal with this type of injury, so I had to wait until a neurosurgeon close by took my case. I had an Open Reduction Internal Fixation on January 6.
Luckily for me, my recovery has been very easy and smooth all things considered. I found that as soon as I quit taking all the medication I was given at the hospital (Oxycontin, Diazapam, and a muscle relaxer), I was almost immediately better. I found that Ibuprofen was a much more effective method of pain relief and I knew who I was while taking it (lol).
I just had a final up with my neurosurgeon and according to him have completed my treatment
. My dilemna now is whether or not to have the metalwork removed. I am currently in the process of completing light strength training and trying to work up to where I was fitness wise prior to the accident. My surgeon says that leaving the metal in or taking it out won't make much of a difference in the long run, however I do not want devices in my body that are not medically necessary.
I am here to talk to other people who have opted to have their metalwork taken out or left in place to find what their experience has been. Of course, my doctor said it is ultimately my decision, but that there are risks involved since it is spinal surgery.